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NextCloud sync'd photos do not show up in Photos app

I've got a "new" iPhone 11 and I'm new to iOS. My previous smartphone was an Android phone and I used to sync my photos with NextCloud for Android. So I've now installed NextCloud for iOS ...
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Sync Google Drive with Mac external hard drive

How can I sync my Google Drive to my external hard drive without using the Google Drive app? It's incredibly buggy and keeps crashing.
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Why does my "Apps" storage not align with what is in Finder? [duplicate]

Out of the blue, My Applications folder on the storage management has been showing an extreme number of used Gb for which I cannot locate using finder. I was, at first, under the impression that it ...
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I just inherited an older, used Macbook Air and I'm cleaning it up for use. Why does HD only show 30 GB when it should be 121 GB? (See photo within.)

As the title mentions, I received an older (Early 2014 MacBook Air OS X Yosemite) from my daughter when she bought a new MacBook. I'm not very knowledgeable on Macs but I know some basics. The 'About ...
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How much free space is needed to extract Xcode 13.3 .xip?

With 37 GB free I'm still unable to extract the xip for Xcode 13.3. How much free space does it require to succeed? The xip itself is 11 GB so that's obviously no indication. The closest I could get ...
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iCloud Drive set to "Optimise Mac storage" but Mac is running out of hard disk space

My setup is: Macbook Air 13 inch 2017 - 121gb flash storage Running Catalina 10.15.7 2 TB iCloud account Mac is Set to Optimised Mac Storage I'm running out of hard disk space and only have 6gb ...
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Can I delete the .PkInstallSandboxManager Xcode packages?

Lately, I have noted a lot of storage bloat on my system, to the point where it's becoming problematic for performance (in the sense that I'm running out of disk space for updates, new programs etc.). ...
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Can I delete the .Spotlight-V100 file

I don't need spotlight. I read this: Can't locate /.Spotlight-V100 anywhere, spotlight has incomplete results even after index rebuild Here's a picture of my spotlight thing, which was only ...
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User accessible storage much smaller than total

My Mac (13Inch, M1, 2020) - 1TB SSD, reports 703.09GB of storage available. Yet in my user account I only have access to ~390 GB. This matters because I'm trying to download 400GB of images. Is the ...
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Deleting previous iCloud iphone backups and only keeping the last one?

I reached the 5gb limit of my storage, and when I go into my iCloud settings in my iphone, I see the following: Would I lose any data if I delete the previous backup of 3.62gb and create a new backup ...
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MacBook air's 2017 NVMe SSD Trim Support

I recently upgraded my MacBook air's 2017 SSD to 1TB. I used Crucial P2 NVMe SSD with a 3rd party adapter. And it's working pretty well. Recently I heard about macOS Trip support, I use the Filevault, ...
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How to delete an uploaded youtube video from iPad but keep in the cloud?

I've uploaded few videos directly from my iPad to youtube, but now, I'm running out of space on the iPad and would like to reclaim some back by deleting the uploaded videos. However, I'm struggling to ...
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Does removing the "free space" partition and resizing my main partition in Disk Utility delete my data?

I deleted my Windows partition a few days ago and was left with a space called "free space" in the partition pie chart within disk utility. I'm planning to reinstall Windows but it seems ...
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Setting iCloud files to online-only [duplicate]

I'm looking for the iCloud equivalent of setting files & folders to online-only in the way that you can with MS OneDrive and Dropbox (see screengrab at the bottom). This is on a colleagues ...
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Several Header .h Files on Mac

I have been trying to clear out my mac, but I have hundreds of .h files that are in extremely hidden and imbedded files - I don't even know where they came from. Not only this, there can be up to 6-7 ...
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iPhone 13 phantom storage space used in backup

I recently temporarily upgraded my iCloud storage from 50GB to 200GB to do a full iPhone backup to iCloud prior to purchasing my new phone. I have a large volume of photos (approx 148GB) which I have ...
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Other Volumes in Container taking up 2/3 of hard drive

My Macbook Pro is completely full and after hours of searching for what files might cause this I came across the "Other Volumes in Container" category that's taking up a massive amount of my ...
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Storage issues and odd volume layout on macOS Monterey

new mac user here running Monterey 12.1 (21C52) and I wanted to know if this Drive/ Volume layout is normal. In the last couple of days I noticed that there was something off about my storage. The ...
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iPhone ‘Storage Full’, but 10 GB free space

My iPhone recently ran out of so much space, it got stuck in a startup loop. Thankfully, I was able to fix the problem by updating iOS via iTunes. I then used the Photos app on my Mac to transfer and ...
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iPhone: download & store Carrier APN certificate

Depending on carriers, a certificate might be necessary to use 3G/4G data on the iPhone. The procedure is go to the carrier website, APN download page download the APN certificate from Safari (only!) ...
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Can I free storage space by creating a mock file and forcing iCloud to upload content to the cloud?

I have a MacBook Pro and I wanted to make room on its hard drive. My current 256G HD has 110 GB occupied by iCloud, despite using the iCloud optimization feature. The consequence is that I have only ...
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Macbook pro shows 26gb storage space but actually has 256gb. What to do?

I have what seems to be a big problem for me. My Macbook pro 2017 has 256gb storage but only shows and use 26gb. How can that be? How can I solve it? I can't update it or install apps because I ...
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Why is sleepimage and swapfile filled with zeros?

If I look at the contents of either sleepimage or swapfile in /var/vm, I find that it's just 1.07G of null bytes. I'd expect them to contain actual data, or if they're not being used to be a 0B file. ...
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Why does the text "Erase process has failed." Keep on popping up when I try to delete a ISO Image(I tried using terminal and it didn't work

This is the screenshot that i have taken what should i do to delete this container?
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How much storage used on my Apple TV 4K?

On an Apple TV 4K (or Apple TV HD), how can I find out how much storage (“disk” space) is used by OS, apps etc (for example, if 34 gigs on a 64 gig unit are used by OS, apps, and screen saver videos, ...
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New Mac: how to stop iCloud Drive from downloading locally every single fle?

I have a new Macbook and I am having a problem with the iCloud Drive. The Macbook is downloading locally every single file that I have on iCloud, but that amounts to over 200 Gb of data and it is ...
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What is System Data Storage

I've checked my iPad storage and I see the System Data storage is taking up too much space. I know it contains any needed system data and caches. How do I delete these caches in system data storage? ...
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What is the meaning of the padlock icon in Manage Backups?

Following the discussion in this AskDifferent post ("Is it safe to delete the contents of Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup if using iCloud?"), on my MacOS machine with Catalina, ...
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iCloud Drive not uploading (Monterey)

I am sorry sincerely for asking a question that seems to have been asked dozens of times before, but all the solutions I have found here and elsewhere do not work. Over 250 GB of the hard drive on my ...
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What is the cause of SSD capacity difference in Intel vs M1 Macs?

I recently bought an 14 inch MacBook Pro, which has 512GB SSD storage. When I check the capacity of the SSD in MacOS, it is reported as 494,38 GB in system report (494.384.795.648 bytes), which is ...
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Macintosh HD - Data First aid fail - storage problem

I recently started to have kernel panic errors and my macbook pro 2019 crashed several times, this started to worry me and the first thing which I noticed was that my storage was pretty full (maybe ...
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MacOS "Manage Storage" usage information does not add up [duplicate]

My computer is running out of storage so I used Apple Menu -> About This Mac -> Storage -> Manage... to pull up the interface to help me audit and remove unneeded files. But the numbers do ...
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Can't delete corrupted .png.icloud in MacBook Pro M1

Recently one of my friends sent me some screenshot files from WhatsApp and I downloaded it to my MacBook, those files were screenshot.png.icloud files. Once they are on my downloads folder, I can't ...
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Not enough space to restore Ipad from iCloud backup after forced ipadOS upgrade

EDIT: Was able to restore from an earlier icloud backup, but this still is a weird issue that other people may encounter, so I'm leaving this up in case someone else has a better solution. Earlier ...
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Home directory magically growing in size, causes disk full message

My home directory is magically growing, somewhere between a few bytes to a witnessed high of 50 KB every other second (possibly more when I'm not looking). I'm staring at this Get Info window, doing ...
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ios 15 showing incorrect storage

I just had a look at the storage consumption in my phone and it seems to be incorrect. It shows that the phone has consumed only ~4 GB from my 32GB. I think that's wrong because up until I updated the ...
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Storage Issues & slow booting with MBP 2014

I own a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014), here are the details Recently I've been facing two issues. 1. Slow Booting It takes around 20+ minutes just to boot. I've looked at my login items and ...
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How much local storage is needed for iCloud Photos with "Optimize Mac Storage" on?

Photos on macOS has a preference under iCloud Photos called "Optimize Mac Storage" that results in the replacement of full-resolution photos/videos by thumbnails/low-resolution photos to ...
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Incorrect Document Storage Displayed in MacBook Air Running on macOS Big Sur

I am using MacBook Air 2017 with macOS Big Sur. When I check my storage in About this Mac → Storage → Manage it shows Documents taking Zero KB but actually it contains files worth 4.64 GB. I have ...
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What are all the storage categories that can exist?

In Apple Menu > About This Mac > Storage I can see a category-by-category breakdown of storage usage on my Mac. The categories I can see are Documents Apps Music Creation iOS Files Music and ...
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How to inspect the 'Other' category of storage without installing anything [duplicate]

In Apple menu > About This Mac > Storage > Manage... the "Other" category is greyed out and I cannot see what is occupying it. How can I inspect the parts of the system and files ...
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Big Sur - how to remove purgeable storage - Terminal (2021) [duplicate]

Posting this since I have not been able to find a solution that works for Big Sur. I have deleted all the files in Optimize Storage and Purgeable still remains a huge number (and seems to have ...
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Can I use iCloud for offline archive?

I want to take about 50 Gb of files off my computer but have them stored in iCloud. (I will also keep a local offline hard drive archive of the same files – the iCloud piece is to give me an ...
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Missing storage on macOS Big Sur

I have a 2017 Mac with 250 GB of storage. Recently, I noticed it was all but full. I scanned the main drive with Grand Perspective and became very confused. There are 4 folders: Apps with 73 GB ...
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Mac HD Clear Photos Storage

I store my Mac Photos library on an external drive. The Storage Manager displays the Mac hard drive as using large amount of data for photos. I need to clear space on my HD for an upgrade. Running ...
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Homer Simpson Doh moment: Node modules accidentally uploaded to cloud

I am a programmer, and use ICloud to back up my personal files. Recently, when trying to find a file on my ICloud, I noticed that it was full of the content of one of my programming projects' source ...
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How do I restore data from an offloaded, older version, third party app that I can't re-download? (Iphone 6s, ios 14)

I use a music player app called Nhaccuatui. I updated it recently, from version 5.x to 6.x. After updating 2 icons appeared on the screen. One works fine and is empty, the other I can't open anymore. ...
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I can't redownload an older version of an app, which holds my music library locally. How do I get my data back?

I usually listen to my music on an app called Nhaccuatui. I tried to update it recently, from version 5.x to 6.x. After updating 2 icons appeared on the screen. One works fine and is empty, the other ...
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Is there a way to completely disable mounting the directory of a usb device?

I am using Novation Launchkey for music purposes and most of the time it is connected to my USB extender. Novation puts the setup folders inside a small storage space within the controllers in the ...
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Photos using a space of ~2GB but there is nothing in the photos app

I am looking to understand the disk space cleanup tool on a Macbook with Big Sur. I was trying to clean up the unnecessary space from my mac and found out that the Photos is using a space of ...
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